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good morning, america. developing now, a new storm watch for the east coast already reeling from sandy. as temperatures plummet to 0 below freezing in the storm zone. now all eyes on a nor'easter this week. sam is here with the up to the minute details. dead heat. less than 24 hours in the campaign of history. mitt romney and barack obama campaign around the clock. deadly accident at the zoo. a toddler falls 14 feet into a secured area with a pack of wild dogs. and zookeepers race to fend them off. how did the 2-year-old end up falling into the dangerous den?
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we're teaming up with the red cross for an unprecedented event with the entire abc family. you see staten island there, they are hit so hard, so much chaos after that storm. >> i spent so much time out in the rockaways, so much devastation out there. >> and our parent company disney has already made a $2 million donation to those impacted. and today, we have an all-star abc phone bank. you can call in right now. starting right now. the number on your screen is 1-800-help-now. all of our abc family, and the entire cast of all the shows on our air, as well as the new stars from local and national news are here manning the banks. >> we're going upstairs to the election headquarters right there. that is where we will be tomorrow night as the results come in. >> wow. >> there it is. >> a big day, election. one day to go, we have a lot
going on. >> absolutely. but first, we're going to check in with sam champion on top of all the devastation from hurricane sandy, we have a nor'easter coming in. it is going to be cold. >> exactly. we are live in times square as new york city gets ready for monday morning. you should know the folks have two days to get ready for another punch of rain and brutal wind. let's just show you as the cold air drops in. it's the coldest air of the season. this morning, the windchills are at 33 degrees but the real temperatures will be in the 30s and freezing mark. and in some cases a little below for all the areas impacted by the storm. just unbelievable chill. and then on tuesday, this chill comes out of the country, gets to the carolina coast, starts to swirl around, gains some strength. and then as your garden variety nor'easter bringing 25 to 55-mile-per-hour steady gusts. one to four inches in that
boston/cape cod area. and look at the inland snow. so these folks without power because of the trees down will probably have more trees down. and what would normally protect you on the coastline are those high dunes and berms, well, none of that is there. we'll go through all of america's forecast, including the forecast for that nor'easter when we come back. >> all right. sam. thank you very much. we'll have much more from the storm zone in moments. but let's go to the election center and george. >> thanks, elizabeth. as you see at the brand-new election kwhaertds headquarters square. just one day to go, "your voice your vote." the final poll shows a slight edge for president obama, but either man could win a race this close. we begin with david muir covering the romney campaign from cleveland, ohio. good morning, david.
>> good morning, george. it's hard to believe it's come down to 24 hours left. on this election eve, several spots for mitt romney. not surprisingly, one of the key states he'll be in today, right here, the state he needs the most, ohio. overnight with 20 thousand voters in a state with mitt romney, now looking to broaden his path to that magic number of 270 electoral votes. >> we're taking back the white house because we're going to win pennsylvania. >> reporter: a late play for the future of the state. the campaign telling me they see momentum among independents, swing voters outside of philadelphia. what romney really needs is ohio. the president holding on to a slim but stubborn lead here. arguing this week with george, it's overstated. >> when i look at being on the road with governor romney and the crowds and when i look at the undecides, i believe that
governor romney could not only win on tuesday, i believe he could win desiefsly. >> reporter: romney said this while in ohio over the weekend. >> your state is the one i'm counting on by the way. >> reporter: then there was this on "saturday night live," governor chris christie praised president obama's response to the hurricane. >> on election day, i'm voting for mitt romney but if i had to pick one guy that had my back in a crisis, it would be barack obama. he's been amazing, so kind, such a leader. again, i'll be a good soldier, i'll vote for romney, but i'm going to hate it. >> you had to know they were going to have a little fun with that bromance in the last week. the romney campaign telling me in the last 24 hours, they're convinced their ground game is well ahead of where it was four years ago. and they've made early inroads, george, they're convinced they're going to take the buckeye state. >> a lot of confidence there.
the president's campaign pulled into madison, wisconsin, with abc's jake tapper. jake, the president has a traveling companion all day today, bruce springsteen. >> that's right, george. and the path that the president takes today is the path that the obama campaign feels is his most assured one, here in wisconsin, then to ohio, and bruce will be with him the entire time. jay-z will be in ohio. and michelle will join him. the last few undecided voters, the president cloaked himself in a robe of idealism and bipartisanship. talking about how he's the same candidate that he was four years ago. and in addition to the rallies, there's the obama campaign getting out years in the making and celebrities calling in with drive-time radio with young people, anne hathaway, making
the case for the president to get out and vote that youth vote. >> i'm back here with our powerhouse political team. we're going to be here tomorrow night all night long. i want to start with matt dowd on the electoral map, matt. jake tapper just mentioned the president's schedule for today. and that is his path for 270 electoral votes. wisconsin -- wisconsin, iowa and ohio. that gets him to the 271 he needs even if mitt romney wins all the other battleground states. look at that right there. even if he wins nevada and colorado and north carolina, virginia, florida, new hampshire. he can get there. >> that's the difficulty that the romney campaign is faced with, the path of winning this electoral college is so tight, it's almost as if you have to draw inside straight tomorrow in what's going to happen in the race. and he has to, in my view, if
you take a look at ohio, florida and virginia, mitt romney basically has to go 3 for 3 in those states in order to win this race. >> right. the only way he can get around that, somehow if he wins, all his path in winning, virginia, north carolina and florida. let's say he didn't get ohio and wins withes with. then he's got to run the table. nevada, and ohio. >> finally, the long ball, pennsylvania. if they can get pennsylvania, it changes the maps entirely. but having been through this before, the day before an election, the interesting thing, both sides are convinced they're going to win. both sides. >> do you still believe that? >> i still believe they're convinced they're going to win because they both believe it's going to be about turnout. it obviously favors the president right now. both campaigns believe they're going to win. >> nicole, you talk a lot to the romney campaign, one of the reasons they believe they're going to win because they believe they have a big advantage with the independent voters? >> that's right.
and they believe despite the interruption and momentum caused by the tragic storm that hit us here on east coast. they believe they've had the momentum since the debate's ended and recaptured their candidates mojo, if you will. they see the enthusiasm. 30,000 people at a rally in pennsylvania. i've been to many rallies in pennsylvania with more than one candidate and that's a big crowd by any measure for either party. i know ed gillespie talked with you about the extended map. >> donna brazile, you were there with al gore in 2000. the big difference in 2000 for the democrats is the sophistication of that turnout machine that president obama has built? >> george, they call it a sandwich program. this is found in the so-called swing voters. the persuadable voters. the base voters, the independent voters. this is a campaign that had 5,100 satellite offices all across the battleground states.
they're targeting people where they live, where they're eating, where they're shopping, where they play. to get people out to vote. 28% of the so-called new voters they've registered, 1.8 million americans, they've cast their ballots. >> now one of the things we've seen, the amount of people who voted before election day. by the time the polls open tomorrow, 40% or better of the american public, even more in the bablgts ground states who have already voted? >> nearly 50 million people have voted before the actual super bowl which is what we're looking at tomorrow. it's changed the nature of how you campaign and how things are organized and it's also changed how you judge momentum. ful they haven't banked the votes in the states already, even with momentum in the final day or two, they may lose this race. >> finally, i heard from donna brazile and matthew yesterday.
your final prediction? >> i'm going to predict that mitt romney takes ohio. if he does that and everything else he needs to do, i think he can win. >> okay. we'll be here all night long as results come in. diane sawyer and i anchor beginning at 7:00 eastern. getting back to that hurricane coverage, our situation is dire for so many people in communities shattered by hurricane sandy, including those who spent yet another night without power as temperatures dropped. abc's dan harris joins us from new york's staten island, which is one of the areas that was hardest hit. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning. take a look at the thermometer, just north of 40 degrees. and the sun has just come up. this is one sign that we may be on the cusp of a major public health crisis out here. we've got tens of thousands of people who still don't have power and heat. just as the nights are getting longer and colder. one week after the storm, and
entire families huddling around fires to keep warm. the mayor of new york urging people to move into shelters but many don't want to abandon their homes to looters. >> you can die from being cold. you can die from fires started when you use candles or stoves. >> reporter: staten island, normally a cozy suburban enclave, near a bottomless well of need. >> we need paper towels, glove, garbage bags, anything to help these people klein their homes. >> i think we can make it through the winter even. as long as they free up the gasoline and keep our generators going. >> we need help. people to come and donate their time. anything that's possible. >> reporter: this morning, to areas hit by sandy, 1.7 million still don't have power. the hardest hit area, jersey shore, staten island and the rockaways this weekend where they gave the mayor an ear full.
[ bleep ]. >> we can't even get a bottle of water, hot chocolate. >> we're trying to do it as fast as we can. >> reporter: and now a long-term problem, what to do with all the people who need housing. >> we're going to have tens of thousands of people who need housing is solutions right away. >> reporter: there are some bright spots, the commuter rails are up and running and most of the new york schools are reopening. there may be some bright spots, yes, but a lot of people out here keep telling us they feel like they are living in the dark ages. and soon, we may see something new on the landscape out here. fema trailers which house people for months, in some cases years after katrina. back to you. >> all right, dan. disturbing images still out there. we've been seeing the long unprecedented lines at gas stations all over the areas of devastation. and gas shortages could make
getting to the polls tomorrow a challenge to voters inside the storm zone. abc's alex perez joins us from h hasbrook heights, new jersey. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. check this out, there's already a long line of cars waiting to get to the gas station. like so many others, they're completely tapped out from those trying to get their generators running but help from the federal government could not come soon enough. overnight, the relief's slowly rolling in. fema distribution tankers at ten centers across new york and new jersey. others urge residents to finally fill up. the federal agency has delivered 8 million gases of gasoline and another 28 million gallons headed there. the long tines and people waiting hours for gas still
growing. jessica has been without power for six days. she's finally able to get a generator but now needs gas. could anyone have imagined you'd be standing in this line? >> it's impossible. >> reporter: in 12 hard hit new jersey counties gas has been rationed for the first time since 1973. allowing drivers to buy gas every other day, based on odd or even-numbered license plate numbers. >> so many times, you just go about your normal day, all of a sudden when it hits you, it makes you feel like oh, my god. >> reporter: 65% of gas stations in new york city, long island are completely shut down. finding a working gas station is still a challenge. many here turning to to wit tore find those that are up and running. also word of mouth. a lot of people simply picking up their phones and calling their loved ones the moment they find a gas station up and
running. the department of defense will be setting up mobile fueling stations, ten of them, there will be a ten-gallon limit. >> all right. unfortunately, so many after calling their friends and family are finding it a tough drive. our friends and family manning that phone bank. call 1-800-help-now to donate for hurricane relief. you can do it as we speak. many of them are on the phones right now. >> it's coming in. that's great. let's turn to josh yelliott. meanwhile in the news, that gas shortage here in the greater new york area not actually having much of an effect in prices in the rest of the country. new figures out this morning show the national average has actually dropped to $3.47 a gallon. that's down 7 cents from a week ago which hurricane sandy down almost a quarter from two weeks ago. take a look at this.
the interstate in seattle back open after a fiery crash. this truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gas burst into flames. the drive was killed three other people were injured in the accident. and in utah, collision on the tracks. a water truck did not stand a chance when it crossed paths with that oncoming freight train. the truck smashed to pieces. completely destroyed, as you see there. but the two men inside were not seriously hurt. the driver apparently never saw the train coming. and authorities are investigating a deadly attack by grizzly bears at a wildlife facility in montana. a 24-year-old worker was cleaning the facility when one or both of the grizzlies in the compound attacked. that company provides animals for photo shoots and movies. and one quick head line from the sports world. an eighth grade from china has become the youngest player in history to qualify for the
masters. guan tianlang sunk it punching the ticket to augusta in april. he turns 14 years old last week. that's a quick look at the headlines. now for another look at the weather and the drop in temps, let's send it back to sam. >> hey, good morning, josh. giving to the red cross is a good thing. your extreme team is usually there the day before the event to cover did. we know for sure the red cross the first people in to cover it. here comes the area of low pressure that will event be be the nor'easter. baton rouge, new orleans. record-high temperatures along the southwest. these are 10 to 20 degrees above normal. 95 in l.a. today.
good morning, we are in for a coal start. chilly through the afternoon. make sure you have the coat, in to the afternoon, temperature coming in at 50 degrees, that's below average, a windchill as we head throughout the day. 50 this afternoon feeling like we are in the 40ss tuesday, still chilly, we will have the sun-cloud mix today, tomorrow and the wet weather moves in, in to wednesday and also thur. thursday. and coming up, sharon osbourne reveals why she went under the knife to she could
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♪ give a little bit i give a little bit of my life ♪ and we are coming together all day on abc for a day of giving. you see our family and friends there, barbara walters right next to ben stiller this morning. all of our colleagues raising money to help the victims of hurricane sandy. you see the number on our screen right there. 1-800-help-now call in now. donate, contribute. help the victims of hurricane sandy as we are coming together this morning. you can also go to goodmorningamerica.com. one of the special events this morning. robin roberts, we're going to see her from home with a very special message for everyone. >> it's great to hear from robin after being in the hurricane zone.
it's really great that people are helping from across the country. pitching in to help the survivors. including our own. hey, ben, how are you? >> we're hearing from people in fargo, north dakota, ft. lauderdale, people who have been in situations like this who are wanting to reach out and help. i'm here with tony danza, ex creami extremely popular. you guys are busy there. >> you have the fargo, and ft. lauderdale. >> it's just wonderful. she said, i have an extra room and i'm happy to tell anyone in. just the generosity and thoughts from everywhere. >> barbara has been here early this morning. great to see her. we have other stories as well. sharon osbourne's revealing why she went under the knife to make
sure she could watch her granddaughter grow up. >> the first wives are speaking out. they're on the campaign trail. they're on the final push. very personal and emotional pitches as election day approaches. and what happened on the trail that was sole emotional for ann romney. >> that happens. in the campaign, you get so caught up after that long journey. we're going to switch gears right now. tragedy at the pittsburgh zoo on sunday. a 2-year-old boy was killed when he fell into an exhibit of endangered african dogs. his mother put him up on a railing for a look and then the he lost his balance. >> reporter: george, the pittsburgh zoo behind me remains closed indefinitely until this investigation continues. the mother and father of the boy reportedly treated for emotional stress at a local hospital. he fell into a pen of dogs. experts say he didn't spend a chance.
pittsburgh police are investigating how the toddler could have fallen into the enclosure with african wild dogs like this. witness say the horrific incident happened five minutes but felt like an eternity. >> we heard screams and maybe five minutes passed why until we heard what sounded like gu ts. >> reporter: it all began noon sunday when police say the mother stood the boy on a wooden rail. but witnesses say the boy lost his balance, falling 14 feet into the exhibit. >> there's a railing with a graphic sign on the railing and the child slipped over the top of that railing. and there's also a catch basin to catch things that fall into it. but apparently the child slipped over that as well. >> that's when the dogs, 11 in all, began to maul the toddler. >> we could hear screaming over the hillside staying "stay away, stay away."
as the child's mother screamed the zookeepers came in. the most aggressive animals shot and killed by pittsburgh police but it was too late. >> from what i understand it occurred at that scene. it was very horrific. >> reporter: african painted dogs are an endangered species roughly the size of domestic dogs but they're incredibly aggressive. >> they are the most aggressive predatory animals in the wild. i don't care if a zookeeper, a policeman, a tranquilizer gun could not have helped. sorry is not even a word for condolences. just my heart aches for everybody. >> reporter: in may, the dogs caused a lockdown when they escaped to another part of the exhibit. never before have they been a threat. >> one of the things the medical examiner is looking at did the boy fall from the impact of the fall or was it the wild dogs.
elizabeth, back to you. >> oh, you just hope that he did die on impact. thank you so much. that's an awful story. and we now turn to that bizarre attack on an american college student in italy. echoes of the amanda knox case. police say the new jersey native was stabbed 25 times by his best friend and roommate after a wild night of halloween partying, allegedly including heavy drinking and drug use. and now the suspect says he has no memory of the attack. abc's jeffrey kofman has more now from rome. jeffrey. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. it happened in an apartment just around the corner from the coliseum here in rome, for the second time in five years, an american student studying in italy charged with a horrendous crime against another student. this time just seemingly by just a miracle, that charge is not murder. this morning, 20-year-old reed alexander skepis accused of
stabbing his roommate 25 times in a drug-fueled delirium. it started on halloween, reed and his friend partying late at this roman nightclub. he told authorities he used drugs for the first time that night, mixing ecstasy and alcohol, although hashish was found in the apartment. after the two friends returned from the club to sleep off their wild night, he allegedly went into his sleeping room at dawn and stabbed him while his sister and her boyfriend heard the screams and ran to yep. incredibly, he survived. >> the story on the surface sounded like some sort of drug-induced either psychosis or hallucination. >> reporter: he told abc news
every time his friend was named reed became profoundly upset and cried while apologizing for what he had done. the irony of all of this, it happened exactly five years to the day meredith kircher was found brutely stabbed to death in the room she shared with amanda knox. knox and her boyfriend sollecito had allegedly be partying that night. the decision was overturned last october and both set free. this morning, he's in a hospital here in rome recovering from surgery to among other things, a stab wound to his lung. meanwhile, skepis has been released to house arrest to an undisclosed location. >> it should be noted that amanda knox was acquitted.
time for the weather and sam champion. >> hey, good morning, elizabeth. right here on this phone bank, all of the stars we can muster. all of the abc news family isle rotating in and out this morning. if you kick in this phone call, once you make your donation, these folks like ginger zee will be able to say thank you. and grover manning the phone line with his special headset. let us remind you at sesamestreet.org, viewers will find an emergency kit, there you get tips and hurricane tips not just for a hurricane but other things as well. we'll start with the election voting weather. in most places, most of the country will be just fine to cast your ballot. into the southeast, we've got strong, severe storms. that will be from the carolinas all the way to florida. we'll watch that develop from tuesday into thursday. it all starts with a cold blast of cold air that drops in the middle of the country. don't forget to give us a call.
>> keep these folks busy. keep those phones ringing. 1-800-help-now. all that weather was brought to you by walgreens. elizabeth? >> sam, thanks so much. coming up, sharon osbourne opens up about why she had life changing surgery to make sure she could watch her granddaughter grow up. of course, our day continues, the entire abc family and friends manning the phone lines. call 1-800-help-now to help victims of hurricane sandy. good morning, my name is michael douglas and as an easterner, i was particularly upset about the destruction of sandy. so many people out there don't have a generator. don't have water, power,
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ham track is recommending passengers make reservations by phone to avoid sold out trains and lines at the ticket offices. >> police are investigating five weekend shootings. two people died in a separate shooting saturday. sunday three people wounded in the shootings within minutes of each other. good morning, check out what is going on in annapolis. the clouds this morning, we
will get sunshine in here throughout the day. i'm going the call it a sun- cloud mix. going the call it cold this morning, look at the winds northwest at 14 miles an hour, that is what is going to be on tap as well. this is your planner, 50 degrees, high temperature as we go through this afternoon, it will be dry, staying dry in to tuesday, good day to boat. in to wednesday and thursday, we will deal with a nor'easter, a chance for snow to move across the area as well. now a check of the time saver traffic with loren cook. good morning, we are dealing with delays on 895, due to a crash, southbound lanes at the spur. west baltimore, an accident at bakers street. traveling on 695, dealing with delays now in parkville, here is a live look outside, the outer loop is jammed. an extra nine minutes to travel from 95 up to 83. we are out of time, more
♪ ♪ give a little bit give a little bit of your love to me ♪ this morning, a day of giving. in the aftermath of the perfect storm, a nation reaches out. >> angels have dropped out of the sky. i don't know what else to say. i'm overwhelmed. >> amid so much heartache. the need so great now. millions doing their best to battle back and rebuild their lives. >> this is a very strong community and it will be again some day. >> this morning, we'll show you the simple things the survivors need the most. supplies. shelter. support and our love. ♪ now can help make a difference.
join our entire abc family for a day of hope, a day of renewal, a day of giving. ♪ it begins now right here on "gma." >> announcer: a day of giving with robin, george, josh, sam and lara. and you heard that right, how heart warming to hear the voice of robin roberts right there. you see all the star power out right there as well. rachael ray, our abc family lining up. cynthia mcfadden. so many here today along with barbara walters as we man the phone banks. call 1-800-help-now to help the victims of hurricane sandy. >> we did team up with the red cross for our special event. the $2 million commitment from
our ceo of dizny. disney. and ed sweeney who is championing his marathon. our abc programs, our cable networks rallying around hurricane relief right now. >> you know how much it means. you know why robin roberts did not want to miss this. we all miss her so much. you just heard her voice. now watch her message. >> george, it was so difficult for me to follow doctor's orders and stay home last week. like so many, i felt helpsless watching all of those families impacted by sandy. i know what it's like to see your hometown virtually wiped out, because i remember, the day after katrina, hurricane katrina, being there in my beloved state of mississippi, walking in the rubble. the coastline unrecognizable. family members were displaced
for months. it took over a year for us to get back in the family home. i also vividly remember so many people coming up to me and asking me the same question. does the rest of the country know, do they know what happened to us. does anyone care? and that is why today, this day of giving is so meaningful. please, give whatever you can. any amount is greatly appreciated. if you can't make a donation, please consider giving in other ways. your time. volunteering. taking a moment to stay a prayer. sending positive energy, positive thoughts to all those that have been affected by sandy. let them know we care by giving whatever we can. bless you. and thank you. >> bless you, robin roberts. boy, she looks fantastic. >> yeah, she looks amazing. >> you know, she wants to be here especially in this time of need. >> well, she is here. >> yes, she is, and her voice so
powerful and the message so strong. >> and no one can inspire folks to get off their chairs and give, give, give like our robin roberts. you can do that today. incredible stuff coming in. our partner samsung has stepped up. believe it or not, they're going to match dollar for dollar, up to $3 million. >> whoo! >> that is why we need your calls today, all day long. when you have a free moment, just make that phone call, know that your dollar is going to be matched. >> that's a good point. you hear the numbers, that's a wonderful point that sam has given. but you can do your part, too. any gift, no matter how big, how small makes a difference. so please pick up those phones and give what you can, as we look to take those first steps towards rebuilding. >> all our abc family and friends answering the phones now. abc's juju chang spent sometime with the storm victims in the
beach front community of rockaways. >> reporter: good morning, george, we're in the rockaways, and friends are distributing hot coffee and doughnuts which is as good as it gets here. i've been in new jersey, staten island, here in the rockaways, and when you see a disaster of this magnitude, you just know that the need is so staggering. people here need everything from heavy machinery down to baby wipes. we tried to drill down to the same four things they might be asking over and over again. you might be surprised with the list. >> i just want the community saved. and there's a lot to save here. >> reporter: for codey duran and his sister mariah 80 years of family history gone. they're combing through the muddy mess for generations of memory. >> the bible. you know, old yearbooks. i tried to peel the pages back,
but they're ripping already. >> 1946? >> yeah. >> see, the most important stuff for us to save is the pictures. >> give me a sense of what this community needs to rebuild. >> garbage bags, cleaning supplies, gloves, water. >> reporter: i talked to betty and her daughter becky they weren't so lucky. >> most of us went out of here with what we had on and maybe one other outfit. now, we come back, we have no clothing, no anything. >> it's the really truly valuable things in there that are invaluable? >> things you can't replace. >> in the hardest hit area, george what we heard over and over, the most thing they needed is port-a-potties. when there's no plumbing, there's one thing they're gue getting testy about.
two, they need generators to pump the water out. on a more personal level, people asking for flash lights and batteries, that's number three. once it gets dark, it's spooky. number four, they're asking for cleaning supplies. i had a chance to talk with the fema chief craig fugate yesterday, he wanted to remind everyone that while it's nice and personal to donate goods and foods, what people need is cash to organizations that are already on the ground. it just adds another level of complexity if you show up with goods. >> absolutely. juju, thanks very much. we want to funnel that money through the red cross. call 1-800-help-now to donate for hurricane relief. we just found out a lot of calls are coming in. you might get a busy signal. if you get a busy signal, make sure you call back. there's so much to get to in
the wake of hurricane sandy. more in the aftermath. as many as 40,000 residents may need to be relocated. temperatures across the storm zone began to plunge in the 30s overnight. there's a threat this are wednesday making the desire situation even worse. some people even gathering around bon fires in the streets to stay warm. sam's going to have more on the forecast in just a moment. more than 1 million homes still don't have power. meanwhile, millions of people are returning to work for the first time. the crowds threaten to overwhelm the still limited public transit systems. and the gas station eclipsing the storm zone could last to later this week. the good news, three quarters of stations now have at least some power and gas. and fema and the defense department are setting up fuel stations. meanwhile, today is the final frantic day in the race for the white house. polls show the race deadlocked or within the margin of error in
several key states. president obama and vice president biden will be holding four rallies. mitt romney and paul ryan will be holding ten rallies. meanwhile in florida, so many people tried to vote early that they swamped some polling site, projec prompting democrat to file a lawsuit to extend voting. and an suv driving straight through its path, the driver unaware of the plane approaching at 65 miles per hour. the plane actually clipped the roof of that suv. driver apparently never saw that stop sign we just saw before the runway. thankfully, no one was hurt. and finally, most of us would have trouble climbing 103 flights of stairs with two legs.
but you can imagine doing it with just one? zach fodder climbed it with one leg. he did it to advance technology for mind-controlled prosthetics. it's a thought-controlled prosthetic limb. they're becoming available commercially. it's specially advanced, it's years away from being there. it's still a remarkable thing. >> another heartwarming story, the senator had a very bad stroke last year, he walked up as part of his comeback as well. special hurricane edition? >> yeah, we're going to call it the sock-it to you sandy. we're fighters and today is a day of giving here at abc. we're not the only ones lending a hand.
frontman adam levine is doing his part yesterday. he did so in a very hollywood kind of way. he turned the tables on the paparazzi follows him. he stopped by a group of residents where he made a sign encouraging passers by to donate to the red cross. he gave them a number to do so fully knowing that his picture would be flashed on newspaper today. as you may have seen earlier this morning, ben stiller was here chipping in answering the phones and taking donations. he was also lending a hand over the weekend. he's at a shelter dishing out to victims. and a native new yorker he lives here with actress christine taylor. and a thank you to everybody lending a hand. and even as millions of people lost power, the power of communications.
well, we are new yorkers so you know we need to say how we feel. and it was well demonstrated by dozens of signs, photographs in areas affected by the storm. to long beach, new york, sandy, we've got you beat. then "free power help yourself." keep going. "thank you everyone for helping, belmar." and a couple more i'd like to show you "we will fish again." but my favorite one -- can we do the one about the christmas card -- >> don't have it. >> there was a great one i love it said "sandy, you are so not getting a christmas card this year." >> sam champion's got the weather. >> i wanted to show our neighborhood, our great neighbors. nasdaq and reuters sign, they're all turned on. they're donating. normally, you got to pay them a fee to use these signs in times square. all over, if you look at them,
they're all for our day of giving at abc. so you can dial 1-800-help-now and if you're walking around in times square, that number couldn't be more obvious because it's just about everywhere. thanks to our incredible neighbors. let's get to the boards. here are the things we want to talk about this morning. we want to show you how this nor'easter, by the way, is basically putting itself together. we have this system that dives down towards the gulf shores and then kicks off strong weather there. then by tuesday, this thing is on the carolinas and starts whipping upwind and rain. this will be, again, just like a regular garden variety nor'easter. but the problem is our coastlines are so kicked right now. and inland areas don't have the power. to get the snow, the wind and the rain, that's what they don't need to hear. so that's the
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providing support as part of abc's day of giving in helping out those who have given. >> mark cuban means what he says. he's donated $1 million to hurricane relief. call 1-800-help-now or logon to the red cross website or goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo!. >> here we go, a lot of stars out. the real running mate and the real stars in the race for the white house, first lady michelle obama and ann romney, both have higher approval ratings than their husbands. they've been putting that to work in these final days. they're going all out. >> they're going all out. in the final hours, both candidates are counting on the candidates' wives to reel in the undecided voters. for michelle obama and ann romney, it's a long grueling
road. >> it's an emotional day for me because i wish i could tell you what i've learned on the road. >> reporter: they've been there every step of the way from the photo ops. >> may i introduce to you -- >> reporter: to some speeches. >> this sour time. >> reporter: to the convention speeches. >> michelle, i love you so much, what a lucky man i am. >> ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. >> reporter: more more than a year, both women displaying equal parts charm. >> -- love you so much. >> reporter: and steely endurance. >> we've been in so many of your communities. >> reporter: michelle obama has campaigned at 191 events. >> it sounds like you're fired up and ready to go. >> reporter: and romney has been there, too. this this weekend appearing in five states. >> it's amazing to have this kind of emotion come to us. it makes me believe we can win colorado. >> reporter: throughout the
campaign, both women have tried to show voters the other side of their husbands. >> and what does mitt wear to bed? [ laughter ] >> i think the best answer is as little as possible. >> whoa! >> that's a good answer. >> first presidential debate was on your 20th wedding anniversary. >> go figure. >> and there's your wedding photo that we're showing right now. and the two of you look exactly the same. >> he's a lot more gray. >> reporter: michelle obama and ann romney has been praised for their wit, their fashion and many saying the race is too close to call, unfortunately for the campaign, neither women is on the ballot. but there is going nobody rest in these final hours. ann romney is just ahead to florida, virginia, and new hampshire. the first lady, north carolina, florida and iowa. so a sprint to the very end. >> and they deserve a nice gift from their husbands.
>> they really have. and now to lady gaga. the superstar is opening up about her controversial weight gain. she's known for encouraging fans to celebrate their differences. but now she's taking on her own critics singing the praises of another superstar. abc's paula faris has the story. >> reporter: never shy about flaunting her famous figure. ♪ i was born this way. >> reporter: the once slender lady gaga says in a new interview that while she may not are heavier, she's not apologizing, telling "stylist" magazine she's outraged that her weight is making the headlines. when i heard it's on the news where they talk about wars and economy crashing, this is expletive ridiculous. what kind of example is that to a young girl sitting at home. >> and gaga came on, gained the
weight and that sparks a news story. >> reporter: and she posted these photos on her website with the caption bulimia and anorexia since i was 15. when i eat, i healthy. the star tells "stylist" that this criticism is unfair noting that adele has not been targeted in tabloids. adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? she's so wonderful and i think her confidence is something i have to match. she has set the bar so high. >> adele has never put her body out there. she just sings. for gaga, if you do that, you're showing off your body and making it the subject of conversation. >> reporter: this morning, gaga does not appear to be shying away from that conversation nor prove, it seems, that she can continue to embrace the mantra she so famously sings. for "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york.
>> as we told you, "gma" and the entire abc family is teaming up with the american red cross for a day of giving to help victims of hurricane sandy. you can call in right now to 1-800-help-now. you can see that incredible group of people answering the phones. you can also logon to "good morning america" on yahoo!. or red kracross.org. we have so many standing by including the one and only barbara walters, katie couric and so many others. i don't want to interrupt the phone calls. >> people are so nice. someone from pittsburgh called. two people from ohio have called. i asked if he were sick of getting all the election calls -- >> right. >> because they're getting a lot of people calling them reminding them to vote. someone from charlotte and nashville. everyone is so nice. >> even though it's not only on
the east coast reaching out, barbara? >> this reminds me of the old days getting up in the morning. i just want to give a couple messages. one a veteran said he gives $25 and if a veteran would match that and give $25. a woman that's on disability. that's the kind of thing, you know, it's beyond their donation. >> and every dollar counts. >> yes. >> yes. people told me they would open their houses. people in michigan says, if you need a room, we'll give you a room. these are the things that you hear about. i don't want another storm. >> right. >> right. >> call 1-800-help-now. we'll be back.
i'm megan pringle. thousands in garrett are without power, after super storm sandy swept through last week, majority of roads are open, after being cleared of the snow. the maryland army national guard is helping to coordinate recovery efforts. members of the epic church collect advantage full of food and on their way to new jersey. the group will head to distribute the goodies in new jersey affected by the storm. if you want to donate, get informs at abc2news.com. we have hovering around the inner harbor, more sunshine throughout the day. we are dealing with very cold temperatures this morning. 38 degrees, still not warming
things up. we have those winds northwest, 5- 15 miles an hour, the planner, by this afternoon, 3:00, temperature coming in at 50 degrees with a mix of sun, clouds, we will get sunshine in here as we go throughout the day. tomorrow a chilly day as you head to the boats. dry, and we have coastal storm in to wednesday. we are out of time, going to send you back to good morning america.
♪ ♪ we're going to help you through the night we love you pretty momma who's always there to make it right ♪ who love you pretty baby who's going to help you through the night ♪ ♪ who loves you pretty momma who's always there to make it right ♪ we have the jersey boys here as well. they are all part of our day of giving. the state of new jersey hit so hard, we have that special performance by the jersey boys today. >> they are so great. george, i think you should wear one of those.
katie couric has given me her approval. >> i'm sure she would. >> here to make trouble as always. oh, go on. she was here monitoring the phone bank, as you see so many others there. including josh. a lot of people have called in already. we want to tell folks, if you get a busy signal, don't be discouraged. please call back again. because we're getting a great response. we want to continue to get as many pledges as we can. we've got so much going on this morning as well. we're going to talk about that, too. and plus like inside the diet. can chocolate and wine really help you drop the pounds. >> i sure hope it does. >> here's the thing. i got to say, they must have another secret because i do chocolate and wine regularly and it's not helping out. there's got to be a secret. lara and josh? >> i think if you saw david
letterman, we're all aware of that. again, it's about dave getting here at abc. and we're so privileged to be part of this at "good morning america." it's going to be going on on the abc family of networks. and snooki from seaside heights as well. again, the number 1-800-help-now. again, you don't want to interrupt the calls. >> i know. -- actually -- snooki, what does it mean to you to be able to be here, especially given the devastation that we saw in seaside heights? >> well, seaside is like my second home. so thank you so much for having me here. i donated a lot of clothes to long island, staten island, basically my whole closet. i'm happy to announce that november 15th me and my cast members on mtv, we're going to have a benefit. and we're collaborating with
architecture humanity so we can help businesses get back together on seaside because that is our second home. we're trying to do everything we can. >> that's fantastic. we really do appreciate the time. for now, back to george. >> thank you, josh. so great to see the phone calls coming in because we know it's going to be a long road to recovery for so many hit by sandy. but that recovery has begun. you see juju again there in rockaways. she has a story about how neighbors are helping neighbors and how the community is coming back together. juju? >> hey, george, i'm with the google group and they're giving out coffee to people who spent the night in cold apartments but just up the way, suffered in biblical proportions. first there was a flood, then a massive fire that burned homes to the ground. breezy point is a tight community of cops, police
officers and teachers, they're banding together to lend a helping hand. >> reporter: it's what americans do best in times of tragedy, pull together to help one another. >> you need help with the house? >> reporter: as we bear witness to the aftermath of hurricane sandy amidst the devastating community there is inspiration. >> this is a neighborhood that sticks together. >> this is a very strong community and it will be again some day. >> reporter: in breezy point, this bucket brigade brought much needed supplies to a town first drown by floodwater then incinerated by an inferno. the volunteer fire department lost everything. >> all our vehicles, all our equipment. power tools, equipment. everything. >> reporter: but fellow firemen have come to their rescue. >> the fire department in the bronx allowed us to use one of their spare vehicles that we had just something to get around in, god forbid there is an emergency, we can get around. >> the people are lending you
trucks? >> yes. >> this crew from long island rushed down to donate old uniforms. >> it's the need for firefighters, we help each other out. >> this is for them. hot meals, all the volunteer, churches, they're the ones that make it happen. >> reporter: donna soly who last week vent herd frustrations to senator charles schumer -- >> we're going to die, we're going to freeze. >> reporter: now says she's beginning to see the end of the tunnel. >> he promised to help and he brought everything he promised to bring. >> reporter: at st. thomas moore will many residents sought shelter from the storm mass was a time to reflect and give thanks. >> this peninsula will rise again. it will be a home for people and i know the lord will hear our prayers. >> as journalists, we see so much suffering in the wake of these kinds of disasters but we
also get to witness so many acts of compassion. yesterday, we bumped into volunteers, church groups and nonprofit organizations who are mobilizing on the ground. some were helping to distribute donations. others were going door to door, asking for what they need. we saw citizens pulling up on corners and passing out blankets and batteries and flashlights which is what this community needs most. >> i'm on the phone with the governor of new york, andrew cuomo, all day long, we're here on abc helping the victims of hurricane sandy. what is the greatest need right now? >> well, we have two issues we're dealing with. short term, george, we still have 700,000 people without power. and going into the 40-degree range last night, so that's become a real problem. no power. no heat. but it's food supplies, because people are having trouble getting food. it's clean-up materials. it's trash bags. it's working gloves.
it's brooms, et cetera. and it's clothing. because people had their entire household destroyed. >> we really saw that yesterday. all weekend long and staten island hit so hard. so many volunteers pouring out in the last few days but the need there is great. >> need is great. show the line for the storm, if you will, if there is one. the spirit of community, across the state. i have people from upstate new york coming down to help people downstate. george, we have people all across this country who are just driving in. people from the midwest, people in the south who will saw it on tv, got in their cars and said we want to help. we're all neighbors and we want to be there one for the other. and it's really heartwarming because people feel that they're not alone, that people care.
and that means so much. >> we have seen this from community to community. some concern that people will have a hard time getting to the polls, who want to vote, won't be able to vote. even extending election day. what's the latest on that? >> by and large, we're very limited what we can do here. this is a federal election, federal election laws, so extensions, et cetera, were limited. the election will be tomorrow. will there be some hardships to get to the polls? yes. but compared to what people have been dealing with over the past week, the hardships they'll have at the polls is nothing, frankly. >> finally, governor, what's the one thing you want the people of america to know about new york right now? >> i want the people to know that, first, new york appreciates the kindness that they have shown and the love that they have shown. and maybe we don't have heat on in the homes, but they have warmed the spirits of new yorkers. and i want them to know that new yorkers come back and it will be back soon and better
than ever before. >> governor cuomo, thanks so much for calling in this morning. >> thanks, george. thanks for having me. new york's governor andrew cuomo. good morning, atlanta, good morning, houston. good morning, chicago. get up, get on the phone, help us with that day of giving. if that phone's busy, give us a call back. what's another five minutes on the phone. by the way, you can talk to andrew shue, you can talk to andre braugher. tell me about the story line. you'll get a chance to talk to them after the donation. you can talk to rachel taylor and say what's happening on "666 park avenue" after the big halloween show. after your donation, you'll be kicked over to the phone banks. chris cuomo has been napping a little bit, now, he's on the phone. he's busy. yeah. let's get to the boards. one or two things going on.
always, always, when new york needs help, tony danza is there. into the southeast, from the carolinas, atlanta, all the way down. this is tuesday's forecast into florida. you've got probably the worst weather on the board for tuesday. and the fact that there's scattered storms. we'll watch that nor'easter, on the coastline, wednesday to thursday. some of the coldest air comes in behind the storm in the next couple of da >> all that weather was brought to you by big lots. you can actually ask rachael ray ray five things in my refrigerator
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to the hurricane victims. please donate to abc's day. >> kellie pickler right there. a reminder you can thelp the victims of hurricane sandy. 1-800-help-now if it's busy, call back because you can help out. there's daisy fuentes. you can go to the website at goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo!. ethan hawke is there. >> pour your third cup of coffee and just dial the number again. >> tony danza. >> you can finally ask tony, tony, who's the boss? you can ask tony, who's the boss? >> today, every little bit counts. samsung matching up to $3
million. we move on to a new diet from reader's digest that says it can help people lose up to 30 pounds in three weeks. abc's abbie boudreau has the story. >> reporter: there was the grapefruit diet, and the all greens diet and who can forget the baby food diet? >> it's not a fad, you're not eliminating groups. it's superfast weight loss. >> reporter: the diet is moved into four phases. >> you take off five to eight pounds. at the end of the three weeks, they're taking off 13 pounds up to 26 pounds. >> reporter: phase one, you eat mostly soups and shakes and incorporate foods that taste good. >> i love the almonds, the wine. yogurt. >> reporter: we heard red wine is good for the heart.
but also for losing weight, same thing with dark chocolate. phase two, liean and green. >> so it's the micronutrients. >> reporter: it diet incorporates all the weight loss into one simple diet. the book available now is full of easy tips for quick exercises. i will point out we are wearing heels. >> yeah, just dip. >> reporter: after three weeks and presumably pounds lighter, the third and final phase, maintenance. >> incorporate fat-releasing foods into one meal. >> reporter: and there's one more part, laughter. >> when we're stressed we have cortisone, and when you laugh, you hold on to fat. >> reporter: laughter may be the best medicine for some, although dieting on chocolate and red wine sounds pretty sweet for me. for "good morning america,"
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♪ and thank you so much, everyone. dwyane wade, by the way, is donating his last paycheck from his last nba, $200,000. and barbara walters with her $250,000. george with his $50,000 donation. >> mark cuban, $1 million donation. up to $7 million total still going up, thanks, everyone. >> bye. good morning. ems crews are heading to new jersey to help out those devastated by sandy. the crew left millersville this
morning, main job will be to coordinate resources in to help with relief. should be there 7 days but longer if needed. abc teamed up with disney to make this a day of giving. view, katie and dancing with the stars, will highlight relief efforts. call to pledge in a different amount at 800 help now. here is lynette charles. let's talk about what is going on dundalk, look at the clouds, see the key bridgess that a good sign. going to see plenty of shall sunshine through the afternoon. temperature wise, this morning, we are going to be dealing with very chilly temperatures, columbia 41 degrees, winds north at 6-15 miles an hour, as we go in to the afternoon, 50 the high temperature, but with
the winds it's going to feel like more than that. now a check of the traffic with loren. we are dealing with accidents, arundel, a crash in brooklyn. northwest baltimores another accident, on granada, norfolk. outside at the west side, here at liberty, no delays. it's improved. no problems down to route 40. the doctors is coming up next. join us tomorrow morning at 4:30, have a great day.